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Moving WinAmp Playlists from One Computer to Another

WinAmp 5.51 stores its playlists in its Plugins\ml directory, which will usually be C:\Program Files\Winamp\Plugins\ml. The individual playlists will be in .m3u8 files with names like plfxxxx.m3u8 and plfE454.m3u8 where xxxx is a combination of letters and numbers, e.g. plf7501.m3u8. The mapping between the name you give the list and those names is in a playlists.xml file in the same directory.

Sample Playlists.Xml File

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<playlists playlists="2">
<playlist filename="plfE454.m3u8" title="Xmas - Hilary Duff - Santa Claus Lane" id="{C0112AC9-0575-422F-B216-9A104962C563}" songs="11" seconds="2200"/>
<playlist filename="plf7501.m3u8" title="Xmas - The Time-Life Treasury Of Christmas" id="{3463FBFD-C77E-44BD-BC13-6044D2E6BEE7}" songs="45" seconds="8327"/>

So, if you want to copy your playlists from one system to another, copy the .m3u8 files and the playlists.xml files from the first system to the second system.

But what if the music files, e.g. your .mp3 files, are not in the same directory on the second system as the first system? Then you will need to edit each .m3u8 file and update the reference to the actual location of the music files. E.g. if the files were on drive C:\MP3s on the first system, but drive D:\MP3s on the second system, you will need to do a global search and replace on C:\MP3s substituting D:\MP3s for it. You can use any text editor, such as Notepad, which comes with Windows, since the .m3u8 files are just text files.


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